Parking Lots & Strategic Plans
During the Work Session, Mark Dely asked if the lot could be located in the front of the school. A parking lot will be located in front of the school but additional parking is also needed. Natalie Williams said she is in favor of additional parking considering that Riverdale will be a polling location for the Presidential election in November. Mr. Dely stressed that it was important that an outside place be provided for students. He questioned how much it would cost to remove the portables and install an athletic field. Lisa Parker said the prior proposal called for the parking lot to be located where the portables are currently situated. She is worried about paving over green space. Linda Fisher said that she does not want to needlessly spend $50K for temporary lot. Ken Hoover asked where is the best location for a permanent lot? He asked if it could be located between the Kindergarten Building and Main Building. The answer is no because that would limit the size of a future athletic field. Mr. Hoover said that if the area behind the gym is the perfect place then we should save $50K and build a permanent lot. But if its not, then we should spend the $50K on a temporary lot then re-locate the permanent lot to a better location. Later in the business meeting, Mr. Hoover said he was convinced by Josh Cathey that if it was not the perfect location, it was a very good location. He emphasized he wanted staff to come up with plans for a new athletic field at Riverdale. Mr. Dely echoed that sentiment agreeing that students needed green space and out door time.
The board then voted in favor of making plans to change the temporary lot into a permanent lot. The proposal will go before Germantown's Design Review Commission for approval and the Planning Commission. Then, the board will vote again to approve the actual costs of the change order.
Also up for discussion was the school district's strategic plan. Both Mr. Dely and Mr. Hoover were pleased that the strategic plan now contains the addition of goals and measures. But during the business meeting, Mr. Hoover called for an amendment to the strategic plan. He argued that the plan should include 21st century capital improvements. Specifically, Mr. Hoover wants to see the "GMSD brand" in the Riverdale expansion project be extended to Farmington, Dogwood, and Houston. There was some confusion about his motion as the strategic plan includes 21st century classrooms. After discussion, Mr. Hoover's motion to amend the strategic plan to bring all five school up to the 21st century mark was approved. Lisa Parker was the only board member to vote against it. The amended strategic plan was then approved by the board.
GMSD BOE Retreat: June 5 at 4:30 PM and ending on June 6 at 12:00 PM, Westin Hotel on Beale
GMSD Work Session: June 6 at 5:00 PM, City Hall
GMSD Business Meeting: June 6 at 6:30. City Hall
JAM NOTE: ***all board meetings including retreats in fancy hotels are open to the public***